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Cuba – Supreme Court Hears from Jailed U.S. Contractor, Says He Had No Ill Intentions

July 22, 2011 at 06:24 PM
Havana - The U.S. aid contractor sentenced to 15 years in a Cuban prison after he was caught distributing communications gear on the Communist island testified here Friday at an appeal hearing before Cuba's supreme court, which is expected to issue its ruling in the coming days, official media said. "Alan Phillip Gross ... outlined the criteria he considered pertinent and expressed gratitude...

New York – Agudath Israel Clarifies Its Stand On Reporting Suspicions Of Child Abuse To Police

July 22, 2011 at 05:46 PM
New York - Agudath Israel of America has received several inquiries in the wake of misleading claims that have recently been made about our stance on reporting suspected child abusers to law enforcement authorities. We take the opportunity to clarify our position. As Torah Jews we live our live our lives in accordance with halacha. The question of whether and under what circumstances one is...

New York, NY – Diamond District Orthodox Jewelers Conflicted on Ring Sales to Gays

July 22, 2011 at 04:24 PM
New York, NY - While Diamond District jewelers try to attract same-sex couples looking to mark their newly-legal unions with sparkly bling, the new demographic isn't sitting well with some religious merchants in the area. Officials from the 47th Street Business Improvement District, which represents the hundreds of diamond and jewelry retailers along the stretch, gathered at the Diamond...

New York – Dad of NYC Subway Bomb Plotter Is Convicted

July 22, 2011 at 01:51 PM
New York - The father of an admitted terrorist was convicted Friday of charges he destroyed evidence and lied to investigators to cover up his son's al-Qaida-sanctioned plot to attack the New York City subways in 2009 as one of a trio of suicide bombers. A Brooklyn jury found the father of Najibullah Zazi guilty of conspiracy and obstruction of justice at a trial detailing the disintegration...

New York – Nation Wilts As Heat Wave Spreads Eastward ; NYC Hits 102 Record

July 22, 2011 at 01:47 PM
New York - Americans withered under yet another day of searing sun Friday as a heat wave spread in earnest into the urban core of the Northeast, while warnings about excessive heat stretched from Kansas to Maine and the Carolinas. Temperatures hit 102 in New York's Central Park and in Newark and Teterboro, N.J. The National Weather Service said the smoldering humidity made those temperatures...

Brooklyn, NY – Levi Aron Defense Acquires New Lawyer With “Insanity” Experience

July 22, 2011 at 01:12 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The main defense lawyer for the man suspected of abducting and killing an 8-year-old boy he met on the street has acquired a new partner with experience in high-profile murder cases, including an insanity defense. Pierre Bazile announced in an unusual statement on Friday that he had replaced attorney Gerard Marrone with Jennifer McCann on the team representing Levi Aron. Marrone...

Norway – Terror In Oslo: Bomb Kills 7; Shootings At Nearby Youth Camp

July 22, 2011 at 01:02 PM
Norway - Terrorism ravaged long-peaceful Norway on Friday when a bomb ripped open buildings including the prime minister's office and a man dressed as a police officer opened fire at a nearby island youth camp. At least seven people were killed and 15 injured in the bomb blast, the nation's worst attack since World War II. Police Inspector Bjoern Erik Sem-Jacobsen said a suspect in the...

Brooklyn, NY – After Leiby Kletzky Murder, Orthodox Children Face Unchanging Milestones

July 22, 2011 at 12:45 PM
Brooklyn, NY - For a blue-eyed 13-year-old named Yochanan, the lure of sleep-away camp this year is a religious ceremony at summer’s end. Yochanan will have a small bar mitzvah there in August, reading from the Torah in front of his bunkmates for the first time. A second, more formal ceremony will take place in September, in Brooklyn’s Boro Park. On a bright and sunny Sunday afternoon...

New York – Outage in Brooklyn, Voltage Cuts Elsewhere in NY

July 22, 2011 at 12:44 PM
New York - The heat wave left people in Brooklyn Heights coping with power outages. And there have been voltage cuts elsewhere in New York. Con Ed spokesman Bob McGhee says power demand could break a record set in 2006. McGhee says about 500 customers in Brooklyn Heights were affected by outages on Friday morning. He predicted service would be restored there around noon. Con Edison...

London – Hacking Reporter Says Probe Widening, More Arrests Forthcoming

July 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM
London - Ever since he scored a once-in-a-lifetime scoop by uncovering the depths of the phone hacking scandal, people keep telling British journalist Nick Davies that they have even more secrets to tell. Davies — who says he became a journalist because of the Watergate scandal that brought down U.S. President Richard Nixon — says the hacking saga that has enveloped Britain's police...

Washington – Unemployment Rates Rose In Majority of U.S. States

July 22, 2011 at 10:47 AM
Washington - Unemployment rates rose in more than half of U.S. states in June, evidence that slower hiring is affecting many parts of the country. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates in 28 states and Washington, D.C., increased last month. Rates declined in eight states and were flat in 14. That's a change from May, when 24 states reported falling unemployment...

Norway – Explosion Damages Government HQ in Oslo

July 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM
Norway - A loud explosion shattered windows Friday at the government headquarters in Oslo which includes the prime minister's office, injuring several people. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is safe, government spokeswoman Camilla Ryste told The Associated Press. There was no immediate word on the cause of the blast Witness Ole Tommy Pedersen was standing at a bus stop about 100 meters...

Israel – Stolen Ancient Torah Stolen Found in Arab Village

July 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM
Israel - Police made a surprising discovery as they searched a home in the predominantly Arab city of Taibe – an ancient Torah scroll. The occupant of the house in which the scroll was found was arrested and taken in for questioning. The scroll was taken to the local police station as well. Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact their nearest police station with...

Jerusalem – Archaeologist Find Golden Bell, Possibly from Cohanim Robe

July 22, 2011 at 09:18 AM
Jerusalem - A golden bell ornament that archaeologists believed belonged to a priest or important leader from the Second Temple Period was found in an ancient drainage channel in ruins next to the Western Wall on Thursday, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced. The small bell, which has a loop for attaching to clothing or jewelry, was found underneath what is today known as Robinson's...

Havana – U.S. Hopes Cuba Will Release Jailed Jewish American

July 22, 2011 at 09:00 AM
Havana - A senior U.S. diplomat said Washington hopes an American government contractor imprisoned in Cuba will be released, even as the Maryland native was making a final appeal Friday to have his 15-year prison sentence be reduced or dismissed. Alan Gross has been held since his arrest in December 2009, accused of bringing satellite and other communication equipment into the country...

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